On Wednesday 18th October, Heriot-Watt University’s Department of Computer Science hosted a "Bug Hunt" event, run by Scott Logic Ltd, an Edinburgh-based software consultancy.

In an enjoyable afternoon, teams of students had to find bugs in a Slack chat app and provide accurate and detailed bug reports. ... We were, as always, impressed with the quality of the students and hope they enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did!

Scott Logic Ltd

The team from Scott Logic, lead by Wullie Trimble and Murray Crease, introduced Heriot-Watt’s Computer Science students to a web-based software system with known bugs in it.

They challenged several groups of students (comprised of 2-4 team members, across the suite of Computer Science degree programmes and year groups) to find and report bugs they found in the software. The event was very engaging, and it was noted by the organisers that some groups discovered bugs that haven't been identified in previous events.

Scott Logic Ltd. said: “We are a software consultancy who have a long-standing relationship with Heriot Watt University having hired both intern and graduate software developers over the years."

"We were therefore delighted to be able to run a bugathon event where we introduced software testing to Heriot Watt students. In an enjoyable afternoon, teams of students had to find bugs in a Slack chat app and provide accurate and detailed bug reports. Points were awarded on both the difficulty of the bug and quality of the report. We were, as always, impressed with the quality of the students and hope they enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did”.

I found the competitive element of the event really fun and it gave me an idea of the type of things testers have to do. The Scott Logic representatives were really friendly and helpful and did a great job at running the event. Good pizza and beer as well!

Jonathan Mendoza, 3rd year student

The students were very positive about the event as well. Jonathan Mendoza, 3rd year student, said: “I found the Bug Hunt event very enjoyable. It was my first time at that kind of event and it was great to have a chance to work with a few friends of mine and try to find bugs and "break" the application that they gave us."

"I found the competitive element of the event really fun and it gave me an idea of the type of things testers have to do. The Scott Logic representatives were really friendly and helpful and did a great job at running the event. Good pizza and beer as well!”

Interested in taking part in a future Bug Hunt?

Start a Computer Science degree at Heriot-Watt University in September 2018! Browse our wide range of undergraduate degree programmes then apply via ucas.com.

For further information, email our Admissions Officer.